Eight Is Enough For USC In 8-3 Win At No. 2 Oregon State|
May 21, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Austin Wood allowed two runs in eight innings as the USC Trojans used an eight-run first inning for an 8-3 win over the No. 2 Oregon State Beavers. The Trojans used a season-high 15 hits, including eight in the first inning, as Wood was able to cruise to the victory.
USC improved to 21-29 overall and 11-12 in conference while Oregon State fell to 38-13 on the season and 17-6 in Pac-10 play.
Kevin Roundtree and Adam Landecker opened the game with singles off starter Ben Wetzler (6-3). Joe De Pinto then hit a hard ground ball that second baseman Kavin Keyes could not come up with as Roundtree scored. Ricky Oropesa then hit a grounder that bounced off first baseman Dylan Jones' glove into right field as the error put USC ahead, 2-0, with no outs. Sherrod attempted a sacrifice bunt, but Wetzler allowed the ball to roll down the first base line as it stayed inside fair territory to load the bases. Matt Foat blasted a two-run double, followed by James Roberts' RBI single to make it a 5-0 margin before the Beavers recorded one out. Aguirre used a bunt single to make it 6-0 and Landecker capped the scoring with a two-run single off reliever James Nygren.
Oregon State would score two runs in the fourth and led off the fifth with a double by Brian Stamps, but the Trojans got a few bounces going their way defensively for two key outs in the inning to keep the Beavers off the board. OSU scored another run in the ninth off Ben Mount, but Jared Norris popped up with runners at first and second to end the game.
The series concludes tomorrow at 12:05 p.m. with the game being broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
Notes: The previous best for most runs by USC in an inning was six runs...USC's previous best for hits in a season was 14.
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